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Mr James Williams

Post:Lecturer in Education (Education)
Location:Essex House Eh 209 Arundel 403 & 409

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877132
International:+44 1273 877132

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Lecturer in Science Education


I graduated in Geology from the University of London and trained as a science teacher at Chelsea College, Centre for Science and Maths Education, University of London. I taught science in North London (Enfield), South London (Croydon) and Surrey. I have worked as a head of biology, head of year and head of science. I entered teacher education in 1997. In 2006 I filmed a six-part TV history/reality series for Channel 4 called 'That'll teach 'em taking the role of the deputy head and housemaster in the fictional Charles Darwin school teaching 30 teenagers 1950s style.

I was awarded Chartered Science Teacher status in September 2008.

BSc (Goldsmiths' College, University of London)
PGCE (Chelsea College, University of London)
MEd (King's College, University of London)
CSciTeach (Chartered Science Teacher) 
FSB (Fellow of the Society of Biology)
FLS (Fellow of the Linnean Society of London)

I am a non-active, but elected fellow of:
The Geological Society of London (FGS)

Member Association for Science Education (ASE)
Member of the Society of Authors

Researcher ID Number: C-8252-2009 



Latest Book/Publication


Available now

Williams, JD (2011) How Science Works: teaching and learning in the science classroom(Continuum Publications)



‘This book is well written, easy to read and engages the reader in thoughtful reflection about How Science Works (HSW). It takes the reader beyond the conventional approach, with its focus on experimental and investigative work, and explores the historical, philosophical, moral and ethical elements as well as providing a focus on how scientists work. This should be a key source for all those involved in science education from science teachers and teacher trainers to trainees. For the latter it offers essential support for work at Masters level.’
Roger Lock, Senior Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK

‘This is a highly readable and comprehensive account that unravels the mysteries of how Science works. The book is an invaluable source of background information and practical advice. It is an ideal introduction for trainee science teachers, newly qualified teachers and experienced practitioners who wish to develop their teaching skills further.’
Neil Ingram, Senior Lecturer in Science Education (Biology), Bristol University, UK

‘James' ambitious book explores aspects How Science Works (HSW) in a radical, and sometimes controversial way, but from his deep and extensive knowledge of this subject. His style is readily accessible for teachers in their busy lives. They will find themselves well-informed, sometimes unsettled, occasionally rattled, but will also be able to be critically aware of the value of incorporating HSW into the science curriculum, and of the challenge of doing this in an authentic way. They will also understand, and perhaps, be sympathetic to our fumbling attempts to deal with the Nature of Science in our classes, and will be able to play a part in improving learning in these classes, and to be able to contribute to improving the curriculum after reading this book. I thoroughly recommend it to all who wish to be reflective on their science teaching.’
John Oversby, recently PGCE Science Course Leader, University of Reading, UK


Williams, JD (2010) How Scientists Work Ch3. in Toplis, R (Ed) How Science Works: Exploring Effective Pedagogy and Practice (London: Routledge)


 Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor - School Science Review
  • Executive Peer-Reviewer - Journal of Educational Technology and Society
  • Co-author of the best selling key stage 3 science programme for 11 - 14 year olds, Hodder Science


Community and Business

Recent Education Articles

Williams, James (2013) Resources special: RSPCA Week, 29 April-5 May - Could you eat your pets?TES Magazine 19th April

Williams, James (2013) Science - Making the cut TES Magazine 19th April

Williams, James (2013) A Resources special: Earth Day, 22 April - Discover the whole wide world TES Magazine 12th April

Williams, James (2013) Science - A real energy boost TES Magazine 22nd March

Williams, James: (2013) Science - Pinning down the date TES Magazine 8th March

Williams, James (2013) Science - Volumes with mass appeal TES Magazine 15th February

Williams, James (2013) Science - Creativity is all in the mind TES Magazine 8th February

Williams, James (2013) A Resources special: Journeys - The engineers who had tunnel vision TES Magazine 11th January

Williams, James (2013) Science - The time traveller's life TES Magazine 4th January

Williams, James (2012) Science - Elemental, my dear Watson TES Magazine 23rd January

Public Lectures/Talks

Eastbourne Sceptics in the Pub

Insidious Creationism: the intellectual abuse of children by creationist books and comics

(April 18th 2013)